St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has always caught my eye mainly because it looks like a Chinese temple. For certain it does not look Episcopalian in any case. While drawing I had the good fortune to meet Bobby outside on the sidewalk. He is the secretary general at St. Mary’s and invited me inside to look around. He explained that the temple facade was meant to make the locals feel more comfortable. Of course this is a long standing tradition of Christianity to make the churches resemble the local architecture. Even St. Peter’s in the Vatican is based on the Roman basilica, and paintings of Jesus weren’t “crowned” with a halo until Constantinople legalized Christianity. But, despite the church’s facade, the floor plan of St. Mary’s mimics that of any Christian church on earth. So thanks to Bobby for inviting me in and out of the heat. Hope to be back one day to paint the interior when it’s cold and raining out.
As a special side note I want to share my favorite noodle shop in Hong Kong. It’s Shanghai style serving pan fried pork buns and dumplings as well as a large assortment of noodles and wonton. They have a picture menu for those of us who can’t read Chinese. And while the restaurant is always crowded and hot from the fry pans and boiling water, it is well worth it. The picture below is my favorite and most expensive dish (HK$22/US$2.50) of sour wonton. It’s pork wonton in a bowl of vinegar and soy sauce topped with shredded pork and minced raw garlic. Very yummy! And with a glass of cold soy milk and some fried dumplings, I never leave disappointed.